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Beachy Head

Feel the sea breeze blow and admire the views of this white bluff, the highest chalk sea cliff in the United Kingdom. 

Beachy Head, a slice of windswept chalk headland overlooking the English Channel, is one of the most striking spots in southeast England. Rising to heights of about 530 feet (160 meters) above sea level, these cliffs provide dramatic views of the rugged coastline. Trek along clifftop paths, enjoy the spectacular coastal scenery and look for birds nesting on the cliffs.

Beachy Head takes its name not from the English word beach, but from the French “beauchef” meaning “beautiful headland.” This area was a major landmark for sailors, though the rocky seas caused many ships to run aground. Look down toward the foot of the cliffs to see Beachy Head lighthouse, which was used to warn ships away from the treacherous rocks.

As you approach, note the distinctive contrast between the deep green grass that grows on top of the cliff and the bright white color of the sheer rock face. On a clear day, the views from here extend far up and down the coastline and out across the English Channel.

Follow the path west along the coast toward Birling Gap for access to a secluded and scenic beach. Along the way, try to spot interesting flowers, including forget-me-nots, orchids and buttercups, as well as birds, such as collared doves, peregrine falcons and the rare hoopoe. Other trails lead east from Beachy Head.

Return to Beachy Head and reward yourself with a drink at the charming Beachy Head Pub. Enjoy a meal and a beer in the pub garden overlooking the cliffs. Plan your visit for October to participate in the grueling Beachy Head Marathon or watch runners conquer the off-road challenge.

Beachy Head is located between Eastbourne and Newhaven. Access to this beautiful spot is free and parking is available for a fee. If you haven’t rented a car, get here using bus services from Eastbourne.


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Congress ApartHotel $45
Reviewed on May 14, 2019
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Congress ApartHotel

Congress ApartHotel

31 Carlisle Road, Eastbourne, England
     
    3.5 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0

    The property is in a good location and while there isn’t parking for the hotel it’s easy to park on streets near by. The apartments are nice but the finish looks rushed which is a shame as it lets them down. The flats are clean and the kitchens have all you need for a short stay. We would stay ...

    The Grand Hotel Eastbourne $180
    Reviewed on May 11, 2019
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    The Grand Hotel Eastbourne

    The Grand Hotel Eastbourne

    King Edwards Parade, Eastbourne, England
       
      4.4 of 5
      5.0 out of 5.0

      Everything about this hotel is definitely five star including the staff, rooms, food and drinks, facilities and decor.

      Citrus Hotel Eastbourne by Compass Hospitality $50
      Reviewed on May 7, 2019
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      Citrus Hotel Eastbourne by Compass Hospitality

      Citrus Hotel Eastbourne by Compass Hospitality

      King Edward's Parade, Eastbourne, England
         
        3.7 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Great to be on the sea front near the Congress theatre which was where our event was. Breakfast was perfectly cooked and staff really helpful. I was a little cold the first night there was a spare bed in our room so used the extra duvet which worked well and I am sure had I asked the staff would ...

        Grande ApartHotel $57
        Reviewed on Apr 14, 2019
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        Grande ApartHotel

        Grande ApartHotel

        39 Carlisle Rd, Eastbourne, England
           
          4.0 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Could’ve been cleaner, small hairs on the mattress and the shower but the apartment was decent.

          Downs Gate Cottage Village Location
          Downs Gate Cottage Village Location

          Downs Gate Cottage Village Location

          Eastbourne, England
             
            0.0 out of 5.0

            Situated by the ocean, this property is within 1 mi (2 km) of Congress Theatre and Eastbourne Beach. Beachy Head and Eastbourne Pier are also within 2 mi (3 km). Eastbourne Station is 29 minutes by foot.

            Best Western Lansdowne Hotel $90
            Reviewed on May 20, 2019
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            Best Western Lansdowne Hotel

            Best Western Lansdowne Hotel

            King Edwards Parade, Eastbourne, England
               
              4.2 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0

              What I call a 'traditional' hotel, the Lansdowne is an excellent choice for those of us who want to relax and enjoy the finer things. My wife and I had a minor hiccup on our first night, when there was no hot water to our room - but the staff on duty made it right straightaway with a free upgrade ...

              The Pier Hotel $46
              Reviewed on May 8, 2019
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              The Pier Hotel

              The Pier Hotel

              4 Grand Parade, Eastbourne, England
                 
                4.0 of 5
                3.5 out of 5.0

                Excellent location and great customer service. Nothing to dislike.

                Hydro Hotel $95
                Reviewed on Apr 29, 2019
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                Hydro Hotel

                Hydro Hotel

                Mount Road, Eastbourne, England
                   
                  4.2 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  Breakfast time was chaos however food was good. Hotel staff could be a bit more interactive with guests. Room was very nice, clean & bright. Chamber maid was a lovely happy, polite, oriental lady who stood out the most. Would stay here again.